10 thoughts on “Butcher's Sugar

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    Discovering Brad Richard A RevelationThere is a resource for outlaw talents on the edge in the fresh and adventuresome publishing house, Sibling Rivalry Press, whose editor somehow shines lights on poets we should know, artists so well keyed into their profession that their individual poems have found recognition and awards in poetry journals across the country, but whose significance and power can only be fully appreciated when a volume of their poetry is published in the sophisticated manner Discovering Brad Richard A RevelationThere is a resource for outlaw talents on the edge in the fresh and adventuresome publishing house, Sibling Rivalry Press, whose editor somehow shines lights on poets we should know, artists so well keyed into their profession that their individual poems have found recognition and awards in poetry journals across the country, but whose significance and power can only be fully appreciated when a volume of their poetry is published in the sophisticated manner that editor Bryan Borland guides.Case in point Brad Richard Here is a poet so fine that to say he has escaped the readers attention until now is embarrassing He is from New Orleans a fact that figures significantly in his poetry and is chair of the Lusher Charter High School writing program He is a gay poet who writes about his life and the stages of growing into his skin and his sexuality as well as some of the great poets of the past, including Walt Whitman of course, but also Hart Crane, James Baldwin, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Garcia Lorca, Genet, WH Auden, Thom Gunn and so on Yet what makes Brad Richard s unique is the manner in which he admixes passion with reserve, the longings for knowledge and acceptance that seep through the minds of young boys with the resignations of the aging male And while the emotions he elicits are real and natural his magistery of words and alchemy of phrasing place his poems in that realm of magic few others have developed.BUTCHER S SUGARBeyond the candied peristyleand sticky portals of the body.Beyond the cavernous boudoirRank with the carcass of mystery,in a lowland of swollen canechafed by the slutty windWhatever it was that sweetenedone s knowledge of the body,however the epicure discernedbetween fit meat and foul, eat too late to say you re hungrybut not for this.CHIMEROSA guy at the gym spreads his legsand when he catches me looking, he s the onechasing a Frisbee across a field, his shortsslipping down his ass as he runs he stopsto hitch them up, and he s the produce clerkwhose armpit scent, sharp as cilantro,makes me linger, afraid if I turn I ll missthe three boys in line at the movie, the boyacross the aisle one the plane, the boy whose smilecrumples when I smile at him, the boyO crippled automata of my heart SELF PORTRAITThe withered branches, the flaccid,frost browned leaves of the poinsettia bush the sunlight pickled in my whiskey glasswhen I slump at my desk at noon the sick mirror of my computer screen,leer of the corpse that greets me there the sorrying whine of the windshuddering the poinsettia s leaves scrape of a blade honed in the heart.These are polished gems of poems from the pen of a poet whose name will doubtless become well known Magic like this doesn t happen that often And as a further enhancement of the special collection of poetry in this collection is the art on the cover by Jason Watson who has not only captured the essence of the contents of this book but who gives notice of an important artist we should explore An excellent book, this Grady Harp


  2. says:

    The strength of these poems lies in the narrative of the gay experiences, not inthe lyrical Found the use of references to Greek mythology trying This might be because of my lack of knowledge of that subject had to have google next to me.


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